When Disney announced that Mary Poppins was set to return in, erm, Mary Poppins Returns , we wondered what was going to happen to her good friend Bert. Would the studio recast Dick Van Dyke, bring him back or even scrap the character altogether? We're not sure we could handle a Mary Poppins film without everyone's favourite one-man band turned chimney sweep turned street artist turned kite seller. Well, now we can all rejoice through song and dance as the legendary actor himself has confirmed that he WILL be back for the sequel. In a lengthy and charming interview with The Hollywood Reporter , Van Dyke announced that he has already agreed to return. He means Lin-Manuel Miranda, by the way, who is said to be playing a lamplighter.
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An official Mary Poppins sequel is on the way and Disney has been hard at work assembling a suitably impressive cast for what it's hoping will be a box office smash. Capping this is one of the classic's original stars who has just confirmed his appearance; chimney sweep Bert himself Dick Van Dyke will reprise his role for the follow-up. The year-old told Entertainment Tonight : "I'll be going to London in the spring to do my role, and I get to do a little song and dance number. I gotta be a part of it. Whishaw is expected to play a grown up Michael Banks in a story that'll see him reunited with both his sister Jane and the titular magical nanny after a personal loss. It'll be released Christmas Day
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Richard Wayne Van Dyke born December 13, is an American actor, comedian, writer, singer, and dancer, whose award-winning career has spanned seven decades. Among Van Dyke's high school classmates in Danville were Donald O'Connor and Bobby Short , both of whom would go on to successful careers as entertainers. Only the medium and the message changed.
Skip to this video now. Play Video. The legendary actor recalls working with Julie Andrews in the hit movie that will air this weekend on ABC for the first time in 13 years. Planned Sequel to 'Mary Poppins'.